Jul 292014
 

When you have a collection of photos to post on your blog, or a tutorial that you want to present slide-style, SlideShare is an option you’ll want to consider, especially if you want to embed (insert) this content into your WordPress blog. The types of content you can upload includes presentations, documents, and infographics (files that are twice as high as they are wide). Not sure if you have the right software to create this content? All you need is Microsoft Office or OpenOffice. If your file is taking too long to upload, convert it to an Adobe PDF file. File formats that are supported include: PDF, ODP, ODT, PPT, DOC, DOCX, RTF and many more.

Below is an example of a SlideShare showing my mother-in-law’s lovely front and back yard in Rib Mountain, Wisconsin. I took more photos than would fit comfortably in a blog post, so decided to create a SlideShare presentation for them instead. You’ll want to click on the “expand window” icon in the lower right corner of the screen below to optimally view the slide show and captions.

In the past, a more full-featured version of SlideShare called SlideShare PRO was available for a fee, but currently PRO account upgrades are not being accepted because the PRO program is undergoing changes. The free version, however, offers bloggers great utility when you want to post more than a few photos without requiring viewers to leave your page.

For more information about SlideShare, visit the support page HERE.

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Jul 282014
 

Do you ever feel as if the progress you’ve made isn’t visible to anyone but yourself? That’s what I felt like this weekend, when I worked on different stages of handmade books. It was a productive weekend; really, it was!

I sliced through various sizes of bookboard and chipboard for different kinds of books, rounding the corners afterward with my Zutter Round-it-All.

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I printed inside pages for address books, lined journals, save the date books and password notebooks. Then I trimmed them to size, and rounded the corners with my Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper.

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I assembled books, and decorated the covers with a floral embellishment.

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Finally, I stacked the next group of books for today’s work session.

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There’s always more work around the corner, but it feels good to push the peanut forward!

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Jul 252014
 

Despite the fact that cursive handwriting is being taught less often in schools today (see Are pens becoming relics of the past?), and despite the fact that bookstores everywhere are struggling to stay in business, it strikes me that we use words—handwritten, hand- or machine-printed, hand-painted, screen-printed, block-printed, carved, incised, tattooed, and so on—in more non-publication ways than ever. We have a love affair with words, in other words. And it’s all about the drive to communicate in a world where the news of the moment becomes old news as soon as you can transmit another electronic message. Basically, that means this very next second.

Are we compensating by finding more lasting—and less traditional—ways to impress words upon ourselves and others? Think about it.

We celebrate words of a “vintage” nature.

Vintage Classic Book

Huckleberry Finn book by Mark Twain, sold by Attic Dust Antiques

We embellish our bodies and clothing with words.

Miniature Book Bracelet by JanDa Jewelry

Miniature Book Bracelet by JanDa Jewelry

Personalized Dictionary Word Necklace by Rainnua Art Pendant Shop

Personalized Dictionary Word Necklace by Rainnua Art Pendant Shop

"Imagine" Temporary Set of 2 Tattoos by Happy Tattoos

“Imagine” Temporary Set of 2 Tattoos by Happy Tattoos

"I Do" Wedding Shoe Sticker by The Wall Sticker Company

“I Do” Wedding Shoe Sticker by The Wall Sticker Company

We decorate our homes with words.

"Give Us Our Daily Bread" Vintage Wooden Plate by Chili Chic

“Give Us Our Daily Bread” Vintage Wooden Plate by Chili Chic

"Speak Kindly" Wall Decal by Single Stone Studio Studios

“Speak Kindly” Wall Decal by Single Stone Studio Studios

Fused Glass Sparrow Ornament by Mountin Designs

Fused Glass Sparrow Ornament by Mountin Designs

We use words or word tools to inspire, support a cause or spark an emotion.

Freedom of Speech T-Shirt by Full Spectrum Apparel

Freedom of Speech T-Shirt by Full Spectrum Apparel

Wire Bird Sculpture by Wire Animals

Wire Bird Sculpture by Wire Animals

"Love" Polymer Clay Pears by Skye Art

“Love” Polymer Clay Pears by Skye Art

We play with words, invent new ones and find new ways to communicate.

Hangry and Hanxiety Word Pillow Covers by Geek and the Chic

Hangry and Hanxiety Word Pillow Covers by Geek and the Chic

Vintage Pink Typewriter Galaxy S4 Case by Sassy Cases

Vintage Pink Typewriter Galaxy S4 Case by Sassy Cases

7 Letter Word in ASL - Custom Sign by Sign Language Hands

7 Letter Word in ASL – Custom Sign by Sign Language Hands

We create art with words.

Folded Book Art by Luciana Frigerio

Folded Book Art by Luciana Frigerio

We use words to evoke remembrance.

Message in a Bottle - Glass Vial Necklace by Space Pearl

Message in a Bottle – Glass Vial Necklace by Space Pearl

Walk through your house sometime, and count the many different ways you are using words in your daily life, besides through printed or digital publications. You might be surprised.

© 2014 Judy Nolan. All rights reserved.

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